We’ve released 12 new videos that reveal real parents’ stories about helping their teenagers with tough topics like peer pressure, family conflict, and classic awkward parenting conversations. It’s all thanks to the generous support of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
The ideas for the videos (which feature Play School personality and father of eight Jay Laga’aia plus heaps of other parents), came directly from research with nine Aussie families. ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas says, ‘We wanted to get to the heart of the topics so that families can relate to and learn from realistic stories.
‘These video stories are important because parents can take away simple tips that they can action immediately. Hearing from other parents like them makes them feel like they’re not alone, helps them understand their situation better, and gives them alternative strategies for working with their teenager.
‘It’s all about fostering connection and effective support between parents and teenagers.’
The 12 videos are a powerful way to support parents who might not be connected with other parents – particularly those in rural and remote Australia – as they’re able to hear from other parents in an anonymous and non-threatening setting.
We’ve received some great feedback from parents: ‘I like the fact that the people talking are real people giving honest advice based upon their experiences. It appears more accessible than having a “professional” talk. It made me feel normal.’
‘I loved that it was so informative and clear. It made me look beyond myself when dealing with my own teen,’ said another parent.
Check out the videos below and learn more at ReachOut Parents.
- What parents think about … staying relevant
- What parents think about … chatting to teens
- What parents think about … staying calm
- What parents think about … drugs and alcohol
- What parents think about … the sex talk
- Trusting your teenager
- How to deal with peer pressure
- How Lisa got help for her daughter
- You’re more alike than you think
- Creative ways to say no to peer pressure
- How to praise your teenager
- Peer pressure and social media
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